Hillary Clinton’s top campaign attorney will be among the first witnesses against a former colleague accused of lying to the FBI, a prosecutor in court revealed Monday.
Democratic election attorney Marc Elias could be called as a witness in Michael Sussmann’s trial in Washington, DC, as early as Tuesday, said Michael Keilty, a member of Special Counsel John Durham’s team.
FBI Agent David Martin will be the first prosecution witness after opening statements Tuesday morning, Keilty said.
Keilty made the remarks after 12 jurors and four alternates were sworn in for the trial, which is expected to last around two weeks.
Reporters covering the selection process have been ordered to leave the courtroom to make room for any potential panelists and it is unclear who was chosen for the anonymous jury.
Elias, who was general counsel for the 2016 Clinton campaign, was deeply involved in Sussmann’s effort to give the FBI debunked information since that allegedly showed a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa bank. , according to Sussmann’s indictment.
Both men were previously partners at the powerful law firm Perkins Coie, Elias having quit to set up his own firm about three weeks before Sussmann was indicted in September.
Sussmann resigned the day after his indictment was unsealed, Perkins Coie – who represents the Democratic National Committee – said he had been on leave and “offered his resignation from the company in order to focus on his legal defence.
Last week, defense attorneys for Sussmann sought to limit testimony from Martin, who is expected to appear as a computer expert.
Court documents said Durham apparently intended for Martin to “question the specific data and conclusions Mr. Sussmann presented to the FBI” and also discuss the “materiality” – or decisional importance – to the FBI of his alleged misrepresentation.
The defense urged Judge Christopher Cooper to bar such testimony on the grounds that it “would overstep the bounds of what the Court has held it would allow and instead become inadmissible testimony.”
Sussmann is accused of lying to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker when he handed over refuted information since allegedly linking a Trump Organization computer server to Russia’s Alfa bank.
Durham alleges that Sussmann falsely stated that he was “not acting on behalf of a client”, but was in fact working for the Clinton campaign and Rodney Joffe, a technical manager and client who told him about the data.
New York Post